The Q&A Archives: Plum Tree

Question: I have a starter off my Dads plum tree. I don't know what kind it is. It has beautiful white flowers and then the leaves are purple, but I really don't remember ever seeing fruit. The tree is pyramidal and probably 30 feet high and 15 feet wide.

Answer: It sounds like an ornamental plum, commonly called purple leaf plum (Prunus Cerasifera). Purple leaf plum is a small deciduous tree commonly planted for its deep reddish-purple leaves and white/pale pink flowers that are among the first to appear in spring. Although it is short lived, (about 20 years) it is fast growing and great for use as a specimen or shade tree. Hope this answers all your questions!

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